Norman Erbe, 80, former Iowa governor who also served as...

Deaths Elsewhere

June 11, 2000

Norman Erbe, 80, former Iowa governor who also served as state attorney general, died Thursday in his sleep.

Mr. Erbe, a Republican, was elected governor in 1960 after serving four years as attorney general. He was defeated in a bid for re-election in 1962 in a campaign remembered as a showdown over one issue - liquor.

Mr. Erbe's opponent, Harold Hughes, campaigned in favor of legalizing the sale of liquor by the drink in Iowa. Erbe preferred to keep the law that allowed liquor sales only by the bottle and only in state-run liquor stores. Voters sided with Hughes.

Joe Puma, 72, a jazz guitarist whose reflective style placed him in demand as a soloist and ensemble member, died May 31 of cancer.

George Segal, 75, a pop artist of the 1960s known for sculpting in life-size plaster casts that showed common people in everyday situations, died Friday at his home in South Brunswick, N.J., after a long illness, his New York dealer said yesterday.

Mr. Segal received a National Medal of the Arts from President Clinton in 1999.

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